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2022 Fall 7/8/9 Machine/Coach Pitch

1.     Game consists of 6 innings or 1 Hour and 15 minutes.

2.     After 1 hour, the umpire will deem the next full inning as the last inning of play.  (Note: play will continue until all batters have batted at least once in the game.  If 3 outs are obtained in the last inning prior to everyone having batted, the bases will be cleared, no further runs will score, and the game will continue until all remaining batters have batted at least once in the game.  During the Fall season, games can end in a Tie.

3.     Batters will receive 5 pitches or 3 strikes, whichever occurs 1st.  If the 5th pitch is fouled off, the batter will remain at bat.

4.     If a batted ball strikes the pitching coach, it is considered a dead ball and the batter shall take 1st base. Any runners currently on base will advance one base only if forced.

5.     Maximum 5 runs per inning per team.

6.     All players will bat, and the batting order must be continuous. 

7.     Teams can field 10 defensive players, with 4 players playing the outfield.  ALL outfielders must remain in the outfield grass until the ball is hit.

8.     Time is called when the lead runner is stopped, regardless of which player has possession.  The offense cannot initiate a play by any following runners to try to get the lead runner to advance.  If time is called by the umpire, any runner(s) not more than halfway to a base, must return to the base last touched.   

9.     No lead offs or steals.

10.   After 1 hour, the umpire will deem the next full inning as the last inning of play.  (Note: play will continue until all batters have batted at least once in the game.  If 3 outs are obtained in the last inning prior to everyone having batted, the bases will be cleared, no further runs will score, and the game will continue until all remaining batters have batted at least once in the game. 

11.   No defensive coaches are allowed in fair territory during play.  1 Defensive coach may stand outside of their dugout during play, but must avoid all live ball throws and attempts to make a play.

12.  If a ball is hit to the pitcher’s mound (dirt area) or to the left side of the field, a player must make a throw attempt to 1st base, if the play is at first base, and shall not run-down runner at 1st base.  If a ball is hit to the right of the pitcher’s mound (dirt area), the pitcher may run to 1st base.

13.  The player pitcher must have 1 foot on one side of the line extended from the pitchers line, until the ball is hit, and wear a face mask.  If the batter squares to bunt, the player pitcher is allowed to charge toward home plate. If the coaches agree at the beginning of the game with the umpire they are allowed to do coach pitch instead of pitching machine. The Coach pitcher must stand on the line at 40 feet from the home plate.

14.  Bunting is allowed.  If the batter bunts the ball foul on strike 3 or the 5th pitch, the batter is out.

15.  If the batter squares to bunt, they are committed to the bunt attempt.  If a batter pulls back the bunt attempt and swings, the batter will be called out.  The out will be called whether contact is made or not.

16.  *** In accordance with the Tennessee State Little League 7/8 Rules – Catchers must be in a natural catching position (kneeled down, squat, etc..) at the time of the pitch in order to be active for the play.  Example:  Catcher standing off to the side, not squatted behind the plate, and the batter bunts the ball.  The catcher is ineligible to participate in the play.  They cannot field the ball and throw to 1st base, or make any other play while the ball is live.  ***

17.  Run Rule: 15 runs after 3 innings (2 ½ for home team, 3 for visiting team), 10 runs after 4 innings (3 ½ for home team, 4 for visiting team).

18.  Home team will provide the official score keeper- GAMECHANGER

19.  Visiting team will run the scoreboard- REQUIRED for EVERY GAME

20.  Home team is responsible for post-game field maintenance- removal of bases/install foam inserts

21.  After each game, each team is responsible for cleaning up all trash on their side of the field (dug-out and stands) and place in trash receptacles. This includes all bottles on the ground, wrappers, etc. 

22.  Games that need to be rescheduled for any reason must be rescheduled by the Division Commissioner or information officer.

23.  It will be the winning team’s responsibility to email [email protected] with the score of the game.

24.  Please remember that this is considered an instructional league and the purpose is to instruct and teach the fundamentals of baseball to all players regardless of their ability or skill so they can be prepared to advance to the next level of play with confidence and skills as they continue their baseball careers.

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